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Cheap Celebration /Birthday Cards

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Hi everyone,

I'm a long time lurker and am so grateful for all tips I've got along the way. 
I used get most of our cards for 10 for £1 from the Card Factory but they have recently put their price up to 5 for £1- still prettyreasonable. As I have young ones we have lots of class birthday parties and are part of a large family so it soon adds up. The other issue is that we no longer live near a cad factory and you have to catch the offers when it's not Fathers Day etc.
I can't help feeling that I'm missing a trick,

So I thought I'd ask you lovely lot.
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  • button_box
    button_box Posts: 78 Forumite
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     The answer is probably DIY cards. If you have young ones who are attending lots of class parties  why not get some inexpensive card and print off free art work from the internet and make "colour in your own cards" for the recipient. The cards could be personalised with the recipients name and an inexpensive set of colouring pens or pencils could be included with it. Loads of free artwork on the Internet. Alternatively The W*rks discount shop (and online) sell 12"x12" pads of double sided card, approx 24 sheets  @ £4. Cut them carefully across the middle and you have 48,  6" cards for £4. You would still need to get envelopes or make your own.You can make envelopes from comics/magazines/gift wrap etc and they can be more personal than anything you can buy. You could make plain paper inserts to stick inside to write your greeting. If you are not into crafting there are some great ideas on Pinterest that are not too complicated or time consuming. A bit of thought and imagination could mean you have a stock of cards made in no time. It might even be a rainy day activity with your own children during the holidays. Also check out charity shops. Sometimes card retailers donate old stock. Best of luck!
  • JIL
    JIL Posts: 8,708 Forumite
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    edited 29 June 2023 at 8:10PM
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    The cheapest on Amazon seems to be more expensive than 20p per card.  Do you know anyone with a prime account? For free postage?Cheapest I saw was £2.95 for 10, buy 4 packs save 5%.
  • kboss2010
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    The Works do packs of unspecific cards with flowers, cakes & other generic designs on them. You usually get 8-10 in a pack (5 each of one design) & they’re usually 2 packs for £3.

    They seem to now also do mixed packs of kids birthday cards as well.

    https://www.theworks.co.uk/c/party-supplies/greeting-cards?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1_SkBhDwARIsANbGpFscDKGbBkEAUkGyBQoI1fnLoFo7CHWbYiJPLhicjPiJEFmoB7d4lZEaAsPkEALw_wcB
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  • Siebrie
    Siebrie Posts: 2,907 Forumite
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    poppy811 said:
    I I send e-cards these days.  For a yearly subscription I can send as many cards as I like and as I have mobility problems no postage to send.  My gesture to saving the planet as no cardboard waste either
    Although I agree in principle, it's not the same as receiving a thoughtful hand-written card.

    I agree! We moved abroad (just 1 border) and we only receive e-cards or even only a whatsapp-message from friends and family; the only card we get is from the local church. It really sucks.
    I slacked a bit in sending cards when we had just moved here, but I've taken it up again.
    When dds were young, I took whatever drawing or art they made and cut it in pieces and stuck it on a piece of thin cardboard, adding 'art by [X]' to the bottom of the back or inside on the left side bottom.
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  • JIL
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    My friend sends me an ecard and I love it, theres thought put into what I like.
    I feel it's a lot greener too. 
  • kboss2010
    kboss2010 Posts: 1,466 Forumite
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    I agree with several people, an e-card isn’t the same. And you can’t take an e-card to a kid’s birthday party either.
    “I want to be a glow worm, A glow worm's never glum'Coz how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?" ~ Dr A. TappingI'm finding my way back to sanity again... but I don't really know what I'm gonna do when I get there~ LifehouseWhat’s fur ye will make go by ye… but also what’s not fur ye, ye can jist scroll on by!
  • WannabeSaver4
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    Poppy, your very thoughtful, I have had some success making cards from previous sent to me cards. I appreciate the cost of stamps etc all adds up.

    I have some card making stuff, from when I had time to do these thing so I got my six year old to get involved sticking stickers all over then I’d add happy birthday sticker. I have found some on Amazon at 31p each but this really does remind me the card factory is actually still super value and their isn’t an easy trick that I’m missing. Sweetzer & orange are some of the cheaper nice cards in Amazon for those looking at 31p each, if you get a 48 pack.
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